2-year-old boy's death now being investigated as homicide

KYW Staff
November 14, 2019 - 5:18 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are now investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy as a homicide. 

Police said Thursday they are opening a homicide investigation into the death of the child following an autopsy report. 

Police were called to the Oxford Circle home, near Shisler and Van Kirk streets, on Tuesday for reports of an unresponsive child. When officers arrived, they found the dead toddler, bleeding, with marks all over his body.

No arrests have been made, but Police Commissioner Christine Coulter expects to make one soon.

“It’s pretty obvious that the child was murdered by somebody known to them,” she said.

Philadelphia has seen a string of child deaths recently, mostly as a result of shootings. At least five children have been killed by gunfire in the city in the last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.